From Barron's: Iconic American auto maker General Motors is joining forces to build ventilators in America’s battle with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company said Friday evening that it was leveraging its logistics, purchasing, and manufacturing expertise to assist health-care equipment maker Ventec to increase output.

“With GM’s help, Ventec will increase ventilator production,” said Ventec Life Systems CEO Chris Kiple in a joint news release. “By tapping their expertise, GM [ticker: GM] is enabling us to get more ventilators to more hospitals much faster. This partnership will help save lives”

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump said he had invoked the Defense Protection Act to help spur production of needed medical equipment in the battle against the virus. General Motors said on Thursday that it was [...]

Subaru of America, Inc. announced that its 2020 vehicle lineup offers four TOP SAFETY PICK+ and five TOP SAFETY PICK awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). For 2020, Subaru tied for most IIHS awards earned by an individual brand:

TOP SAFETY PICK + Winners
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru Forester
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback (built after October 2019)

TOP SAFETY PICK Winners
Subaru Ascent (with specific headlights)
Subaru Crosstrek (with EyeSight® and specific headlights)
Subaru Impreza sedan and five-door (with EyeSight® and specific headlights)
Subaru WRX (with EyeSight® and specific headlights)

The IIHS launched its TOP SAFETY PICK award in the 2006 model year to help consumers identify vehicles with the highest safety ratings. For 2020, the IIHS has strengthened award criteria that prioritise the protection of pedestrians in addition to vehicle occupants.

This was the seventh time since the awards’ inception that IIHS has [...]

Subaru Named Best Brand

February 10th, 2020

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the automaker has won in two major categories of Kelley Blue Book’s 2020 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. This year’s honours, which recognise brands and new vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs, were awarded to Subaru for “Best Brand” for the second year in a row and the 2020 Subaru Forester for “Best Compact SUV.”

“We are honoured to receive the esteemed 2020 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award and grateful to receive the award in both overall brand and best compact SUV categories,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. “This is the fourth time Subaru has been named in these awards, which is a testament to our dedication to producing vehicles that are not only safe and stylish, but [...]

From Farming Life: The multi award-winning Isuzu D-Max has been crowned What Van? ‘Pick-up of the Year’ for the third consecutive year, testimony to Isuzu’s mission to provide the best pick-up for the UK’s professional and private users.

The Isuzu D-Max was awarded What Van? Pick-Up of The Year for 2020 with the expert judging panel praising its substance, style and outstanding value for money. This latest stunning accolade completes a fantastic year for D-Max, winning a record haul of industry trophies in 2019.

The Isuzu D-Max emerged victorious, beating off strong competition from rivals in a highly contested sector.

Judges were impressed by the economy, refinement and power of the class-leading 164 PS turbo diesel engine, that provides impressive performance and builds upon the Isuzu D-Max’s reliable workhorse character.

With [...]

From Rental Equipment Register: A modified JCB Fastrac has set a new world tractor speed record of 135.191 mph, which was the average of two high-speed runs conducted at Elvington Airfield in the United Kingdom and ratified by Guinness World Records. On its way to establishing the record, the machine known as Fastrac Two achieved a top speed of 153.771 mph.

JCB’s Fastrac One set a new British tractor speed record in June, with an average maximum speed of 103.6 mph. Fastrac One and Fastrac Two are based on the commercially available JCB 8000-series Fastrac tractor, which is sold in North America and is the world’s fastest production tractor with a top speed of 43 mph.

“This has been a massive undertaking, so thank you very much to JCB and its [...]

  • 223,838 vehicles with the three-pointed star were sold worldwide in September - a new record for this month due to a double-digit growth (+10.4%).
  • Car deliveries from Mercedes-Benz rose worldwide from July to September with 590,514 units to a new record for the third quarter (+12.2%). In China, the Stuttgart-based company with the star even achieved with 181,233 units the best quarter of all time (+12.9%).
  • Return to sales growth in the year to date: 1,725,243 Mercedes-Benz cars were handed over to customers until September (+0.6%).
  • “We have posted the best-ever third quarter for Mercedes-Benz – a strong team performance of which we are extremely proud, especially in these challenging times,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales.

 

Stuttgart.  Mercedes-Benz achieved a new September record last month with 223,838 vehicles [...]

Stuttgart.  With sales of 177,819 cars in August, Mercedes-Benz posted double-digit growth (+14.0%) for the second time in succession. At the same time, a new record was set for the month of August. Double-digit

sales growth in all three regions – Europe, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA – and in those regions’ core markets was achieved last month. The continuing popularity of the compact cars had a positive impact on the development of unit sales (+28.6%). Deliveries of SUVs increased in August for the first time this year due to sales stimulus from the new models (+8.7%). Furthermore, worldwide deliveries increased once again last month of saloon cars of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (+6.7%) and E-Class (+14.7%). Sales of 1,501,405 units in the first eight months of the year by the Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star are approaching the high prior-year level (-0.7%).

From January until August, Mercedes-Benz maintained its market [...]

From Digital Trends: It’s amazing what technology can do. Farm tractors spend most of their plodding along at walking pace, but this one can go over 100 mph.

The JCB Fastrac 8000 just broke the record for world’s fastest tractor, with a top speed of 103.6 mph. The record was broken at a British airfield, with television personality and motorcycle racer Guy Martin at the wheel. Martin smashed the previous record of 87.27 mph, which was set in 2018 on Top Gear, using “tame racing driver” The Stig.

JCB, a large British manufacturer of tractors and construction equipment, needed some help to get more speed out of its machine. So it turned to Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering arm of the Williams Formula One team, which JCB sponsors. Williams currently makes the slowest cars on the F1 grid but, having worked on things like the scrapped Jaguar C-X75 supercar, it was more than up to [...]

From Digital Trends: Chevrolet teamed up with Domino’s to ensure motorists never get caught off-guard by a pizza craving. The Domino’s app announced in early 2019 is now found in the Chevrolet Marketplace, a virtual store that equips millions of 2017 and newer Chevrolet models in North America. Compatible cars are receiving the app via an over-the-air software update, though neither party has figured out how to wirelessly deliver a pizza yet. This seemingly niche partnership kick-starts one of the most lucrative forms of e-commerce in recent memory.

Motorists can access the Domino’s app by tapping their car’s touchscreen a few times. They first need to set up a Pizza Profile, which involves punching in basic information like their preferred delivery address and the payment method of their choice. Once everything is validated, they can [...]

From www.ladbible.com: Guy Martin and JCB have just set a new British record for the fastest tractor after hitting a stunning 103.6mph at Elvington Airfield. The JCB Fastrac tractor beat the previous record, held by Top Gear, by nearly 20mph.

This was not quite your normal JCB tho, the record breaking model used a upgraded version of the 7.2-litre, 6-cylinder DieselMax engine that produces around 1,000 horsepower and over 2,500Nm of torque.

Despite the modifications, JCB have been very keen to highlight that unlike other tractor speed record attempts, the Fastrac machine does still very closely resemble a production model of the tractor and was largely built from many of the same components.

Guy Martin said: "It had been a great day with the JCB at Elvington, proper job with some right proper engineers. She felt rock steady [...]

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